by Melissa Brunner
The last day of school came this week for most area students. I remember those days when we'd help wash the desks and push them to the side of the room, then head outdoors for a school picnic with special games. Sorry, kids, there's no three-month summer vacation when you get to the working world! No spring break, either, for that matter!
When I got to thinking about it this morning, it also brought to mind all the teachers who guided me through my classroom journey. Miss Hutchison (now Mrs. Beschta) and Mrs. Rusch started me on a love of learning in kindergarten and 1st thru 3rd grade. Thanks to Mrs. Severson in 7th and 8th grades, I still diagram sentences in my head to ensure they're not becoming too cumbersome! And in high school, journalism teacher, "Mother" Wilhelm helped me know it was okay to keep asking questions. Of course, all my college communications professors guided me further along the path, but those four teachers probably set me upon that path in the first place. Many other teachers deserve credit, too, for challenging me to challenge myself, even if I didn't appreciate it at the time (Sister Loretta, Mr. LaFleur and both Mr. Evans, to name a few).
While it may not be possible to thank all your teachers in person, at least give them a nod in your memories. Encourage your kids, too, to take a moment to thank their teachers. They may not yet realize how important that man or woman might have been to their future.